18 February 2011

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

The reason I started to blog about my recipes was so that I would know where to find the ones I liked best!  At Christmas time I made these cookies in a jar to give as gifts to special friends.  My dear friend Candace made them and asked for the recipe!  Oh dear, could I find it?  After unsuccessfully searching through my computer to find it, I thought maybe I had stuck it in with the recipes I only bake at Christmas.  Lo and behold it was there.  These were fun to put together and I look forward to changing the ingredients in future years for a new cookie treat!  Thanks to Candace for the picture!  As I was typing the recipe I remembered that I chose it because it reminded me of a recipe Candace and I had received from a dear friend at church that was suppose to be Nordstrom's "secret" cookie recipe.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 (2.6 ounce) chocolate bar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

With wire whisk, mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda.  Pour into a 1 quart mason jar, pack down level with a heavy object.  Mix oatmeal in blender.  Grate chocolate bar and mix into the oatmeal.  Pack on top of flour in jar.  Add white sugar and pack down.  Add brown sugar and pack down.  Layer chopped nuts on top of brown sugar.  Finish layering jar with mini or regular chocolate chips until even with the top (no more than 1/2 cup).

Attach following directions to the jar:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Spoon chocolate chops and nuts into small bowl, set aside.  Spoon brown and white sugar into mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup margarine or butter, cream well.  Add 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, mix well.  Pour oatmeal and flour mixture from jar to bowl, mix throughly.  Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.  Roll into walnut size balls, place on slightly greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:  flour, oatmeal, brown and white sugars, soda, baking powder, grated chocolate, chocolate chips, nuts.  Makes 3 dozen

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From:  Christmas-cookies.com

16 February 2011

Tuscan Tuna Salad Sandwiches

I had planned on making these sandwiches as a health dinner, after unhealthy snacks during the Superbowl.  We ate so many snacks that we didn’t feel like any dinner.  These then became part of the weeknight menu.  They went together quickly and the combination of the beans and the tuna make a gourmet treat out of a tuna sandwich. 

Tuscan Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Serves 8

For Beans:

1 (14- to 15-oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For Tuna Salad:
2 (6-oz) cans Italian tuna in oil, drained
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil or flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup pitted Kalamata or other brine-cured black olives, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

For Sandwiches:
8 (1/3-inch-thick) slices rustic Italian bread (from a round crusty loaf) or 4 (4-inch-long) oval panini rolls
1 cup loosely packed trimmed watercress sprigs

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